On Friday, the Supreme Court granted bail to stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui, saying that the procedure of notice before his arrest was not followed while pointing out that the FIR against the comedian was vague. Munawar Faruqui has been lodged in jail since January 2 on the allegations that he made indecent remarks about Hindu deities during a gig at a cafe in Indore. Justice RF Nariman asked is it correct that the Arnesh Kumar judgment rules have not been followed before arresting him? That's enough. Quite apart from the fact that the FIR allegations are quite vague, the procedure set down in our judgment has not been followed.
The Supreme Court also put a stay on the production warrant issued against comedian Munawar Faruqui in the case lodged in UP for allegedly hurting religious sentiments. A notice has also been issued to Madhya Pradesh Police on the bail plea filed by Munawar Faruqui. Munawar Faruqui moved the Supreme Court for bail late on Thursday.
Last week, the Madhya Pradesh High Court refused bail to the comedian Munawar Faruqui and noted that to promote harmony is one of the constitutional duties. Munawar Faruqui and four others were arrested on January 2 following a BJP MLA's son's complaint that objectionable remarks about Hindu deities and Union Home Minister Amit Shah were passed during a comedy show at a cafe in Indore on New Year's Day. One more person was arrested subsequently.
Faruqui and Nalin Yadav are in judicial remand and lodged in Indore Central Jail. A magistrate's court and a sessions court rejected their bail pleas, following which they moved the high court. In its order, the high court said it would not comment on the merits of the case, but based on the material seized, the witnesses' statements and considering that probe was going on, no case is made out for bail grant.
Status: Munawar Faruqui moved the Supreme Court which granted him bail on February 5.
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